Fantasy Football Defense

When most people think of fantasy football they think of the top offensive players in the NFL. Guys like Adrian Peterson, Tom Brady and Larry Fitzgerald all top the list of marquis fantasy football players that are almost guaranteed to be your big point scorers in any given week. But when doing your pre-season research, don’t forget about your fantasy football defense and the impact they could have on your season.

When researching a fantasy football defense it is a much easier process than trying to figure out your whole offensive lineup. Typically, fantasy football leagues will allow you to play one team’s defense each week and get points for categories like interceptions, fumble recoveries, safeties, sacks, points allowed and defensive TD’s.

Some leagues mix things up a little by allowing you to choose one or two defensive players that can score individual performance points, but this category is not very common. Most fantasy leagues are set up so the offense is the main source of scoring, for obvious reasons.

With this in mind, it’s still important to do a little homework on what the top NFL defenses have done during the off season. Have there been any trades or is anyone injured. Most of the time, if a defense is good, it will remain a power house for many years down the road.

During the off season, it’s always good to keep an eye on the teams who had a strong offense but weak defense the prior year. These are the teams that will most likely be drafting to build their defense and may get some players to boost their performance and status in the upcoming season.

Another thing to remember is to not downplay the importance of a solid fantasy football defense. Many games during the fantasy season are won by a point or less and a win can often be the result of solid defensive play. It’s true that when you’re waist deep into your draft the last thing on your mind is what defense you will be choosing. But when that time nears, it is important to pick at the right time to get the best defense possible.

Your fantasy football defense may not have the most powerful or glamorous role on your roster, but they are nonetheless important and can help make you a winner. Even if they are the reason you win one or two weeks of the season, it will make up for the research you did to pick a consistently high performing team.

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Use of Soccer Shooting Drills

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Soccer is a game of individual skills that is then integrated into a team strategy. Coaches have to be the providers of the strategy, but it should be up to each individual player to master his or her skills.

With soccer shooting drills, you could be talking about individual skills or strategy drills. Shooting is the glamour skill of soccer and every player should be an excellent shooter. But there are many elements to shooting that can be broken down into individual skills that must be mastered before moving on to more complex drills.

For instance, the top players can use the many different quadrants of the ball to create many different shots. There are slicing shots, David Beckham benders, Cristiano Ronaldo knuckleballs and many more. Every player has his or her particular strengths and weaknesses. For instance, some players are not planting their non-shooting foot properly and need to drill that.

As a coach you need to ensure that fundamental shooting technique is mastered before moving on to the fancy shots. Kids always want to imitate the fancy shots of their heroes, and they’re all going to want to learn how to make it bend like Beckham as soon as possible. That’s just fine, but you as a coach should be ensuring that they are doing the fundamentals correctly before working on the trick shots.

The simpler soccer shooting drills will be best for determining how much work each of your players needs on his or her shooting. For instance, have your players each take a ball and line up at midfield. You stand at the 18 yard mark and have them one at a time pass the ball to you, come running at you as you pass the ball back either left or right, and have them shoot. This drill is very simple, but exposes weaknesses in many potential areas and will allow you to see close-up where your shooter needs practice.

No matter what aspect of shooting technique you need to work on, or your players need to work on, soccer shooting drills and basic skills are best learned in video format, and there is no better set of shooting DVDs than the ones from SoccerU. Every aspect of shooting, including awesome drills for improving and learning all the elements of shooting the ball are covered thoroughly in this DVD series. Any coach, player or parent will get a huge benefit from owning these DVDs. They can be viewed over and over throughout one’s soccer career as they cover all levels of skill, much as a Martial Arts program must cover all levels of skill for someone to move through.

The Effect of Chrysler Bankruptcy on NASCAR

With the global economic crisis in full swing, we are starting to see some pretty big players starting to fall.  It’s no surprise that the American auto industry has been facing difficult times. It was just a question of when the ..uuhm..sludge would hit the fan.  Well it has in the auto industry, in spades.  We’re now seeing Chrysler in chapter eleven bankruptcy with GM almost certain to follow shortly.  So what impact will this have on the NASCAR circuit which is dominated by cars provided by the big three?

Currently, Chrysler/Dodge represents seven NASCAR teams, most notably with Kyle Bush driving a Dodge.  While Dodge hasn’t been much of a performer in the last few years, Kyle could have been the light at the end of the tunnel Dodge was looking down.  To understand the impact these bankruptcies could have, we need to look at a couple of factors. Firstly, what is under the hood and secondly, what exactly does it mean to enter bankruptcy?

The cars these guys drive may have the Chrysler, Dodge, GM or Ford labels on them, but these cars didn’t come off the assembly line yesterday.  For the most part, they resemble an assembly line vehicle on the outside, but that is, for the most part, where the resemblance ends.  These cars take the term after market to the extreme.  They are stripped down by expert mechanics and pretty well rebuilt into a new car built entirely for high speed with upmost safety in mind.  From suspension, to engines, to seats and steering wheel, that ain’t your daddy’s Chevrolet so to speak.  Even the tires are made exclusively for NASCAR.  So even if one or all of the big three disappeared tomorrow, as long as someone can provide and aerodynamic shell, they will have a car to drive.  Toyota for example has been a major contender in NASCAR for many years now.

Next we look at the bankruptcy process itself.  Without getting too technical, In the US, there are six type of bankruptcy, chapter eleven being one of the most common, and the type which Chrysler filed for.  In Chapter eleven, the debtor retains ownership.  This type of bankruptcy protects the owner from creditors and allows time to develop a plan, acceptable to creditors, in order to continue on with normal operation once they come out from bankruptcy protection.

The reality is, that there is likely going to be little impact on NASCAR of any of the big three automakers going into bankruptcy. Even while in chapter eleven, the exposure it receives from being associated with NASCAR far outweighs the cost of it.  The relationship is a net gain for automakers so this isn’t something they aren’t going to let go of lightly.  Should one of the three completely disappear, there are plenty of other options for NASCAR teams. There’s just something patriotic and American about dominating the field in car racing tough isn’t there?  No one is going to let that go away.

Robert Collins is publisher of http://www.Newsfromthepit.com website. Bringing you the very latest NASCAR racing news and rumors, these are all brought together in one place, gathered from all the top Sports sources Robert also contributes to http://www.Wii-mii.com – Everything Wii.